The interview is one of the hardest stages of the police selection process. Therefore, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that you do not fail. If you have successfully made it this far in the application process, then you owe it to yourself to pass the final hurdle to becoming a police officer.

We will supply you with an awesome downloadable resource that will teach you how to answer the interview questions in order to gain very high marks. It is packed full of tough interview questions and answers that cover the current competencies.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police recruitment has moved over to a new online assessment process for all police constable applicants, which is likely to be followed until early 2021 and beyond. This workbook contains practice material for both the SEARCH and the NEW Online Assessment Process style interviews, with new and updated content! 

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When you start to prepare for the interview, you first  need to study the person specification, the job description, and the core competencies.

  • The assessors will want to see evidence of where you have already matched the core competencies that are relevant to the role for which you are applying;
  • One of these will undoubtedly be the ability to stay calm under pressure. It is your task to think of an example whereby you can show how you completed a difficult task whilst under time constraints.

Can you think of one?


The great thing about this guide is that it will give you sample interview questions. More importantly, it will tell you how to answer them. Here’s an example of a tough interview question:


Q. Provide an example of where you have challenged someone’s behaviour that was either discriminatory or inappropriate. What did you do, what did you say and why did you challenge their behaviour?


Tip – this is a very good question to prepare for. Not many candidates will be prepared for this. It is quite a difficult question to respond to but make sure you read the following sample response which is a very good way to respond to the question:

“I recently worked part-time in a local supermarket. One of my colleagues, a lad called Jamie, had special needs. Jamie was an excellent worker who always gave his all during the working day. He sometimes struggled to remember where certain items of groceries were located in the store, but other than this minor issue, his work was outstanding.

One day I overheard a customer being rude to Jamie after he struggled to find an item of food the customer had requested. The customers unfortunate gestures had made him nervous and he started to panic. I immediately made my way over to the situation in order to support Jamie, and try to resolve the situation in a calm and professional manner. I started off by standing next to Jamie and telling him that everything was going to be alright and that I would take over from here. I asked the lady what the problem was. She began to explain in an agitated and slightly aggressive manner that Jamie was ‘useless at his job’ and that he was an ‘idiot’ for failing to locate the tomato ketchup for her when she requested his assistance.

I immediately challenged her comments and informed her that these comments would not be tolerated. I asked her to take into consideration the fact that Jamie, whilst an exceptional employee, has special needs. I requested that she refrained from raising her voice and to also take into consideration how her actions had made him feel. I made sure that I was polite, tolerant and patient when dealing with the situation, but I also ensured that I took into consideration her offending action and how it was making Jamie feel.

She immediately apologised to Jamie for her lack of understanding and inappropriate language. I then told Jamie where he could find the tomato ketchup and he then took the lady along to find the item for her. Overall, I believe this situation was dealt with appropriately and successfully. I managed to prevent the situation from deteriorating whilst maintaining high levels of customer service and professionalism.”

Within this workbook, we will provide you with loads of sample questions and tips like the above and example responses, which you can use to adjust your answers to the same questions.


At the police officer interview, you may get asked a question that relates to community awareness and diversity. The question could go something like this:


Q. Why do you think the Police Force puts so much importance upon diversity and community awareness?


“For the simple reason that the community in which it serves is diverse in nature, and therefore requires a service that is both understanding, culturally aware, responsive to its needs and willing to learn. If the community in which we live is diverse, then the public services that represent it should be too. In terms of community awareness, the Police Force must understand the needs of the community in which it serves.

The Police Force should be aware of the different cultures and backgrounds of its community, so that it can be respectful and understand the needs of everyone in society. By doing this, it will enable the Police to provide the highest level of service to the people it serves. If the Police Force is not aware of the community it cares for, then it cannot continually improve and provide the highest level of service to everyone.”

Within the workbook you will find loads of sample responses like this to aid you in your preparation. Remember what we said earlier – you owe it to yourself to perform really well on the day and pass, which is why we have provided you with the ultimate guide which will no doubt improve your chances!

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In the following short video, Richard McMunn explains how this guide will help you to prepare for, and more importantly pass the interview first time.

About this guide…

  • Consists of the type of questions you will likely get asked at the new online assessment centre, and guidance on how to answer them;
  • All the new online assessment centre police core competencies are covered in this up-to-date guide;
  • Key areas that you need to research;
  • Written by a former serving Officer who has 17 years in the job;
  • Actual sample police officer interview questions and sample responses;
  • Split into two halves, this guide contains questions for BOTH the ASSESSMENT CENTRE and the FINAL INTERVIEW!
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Police Officer Interview Quesitons and Answers Download
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Police interview questions & answers

Let us teach you how to answer competency-based interview questions in order to gain very high marks for both the new online assessment centre interview and the final interview. This comprehensive guide is packed full of tough interview questions and answers that cover ALL of the new updated core competencies. Written by a former serving Officer who has 17 years in the job and includes actual sample police officer interview questions.

How to Prepare for the Interview

  • Areas which you have to study and research before you attend the interview;
  • Researching the police officer job description and person specification;
  • How to match the core competencies;
  • Creating the right impression at the police officer interview;
  • Key preparation tips and advice;
  • What the interview panel assessors want to see and hear from you;
  • Overcoming nerves on the day of your interview.

Interview Questions and Responses

  • Lots of sample interview questions and tips on what they are looking for;
  • How to respond to the interview questions;
  • Understanding the interview format to ensure success;
  • Guidance and interview training on how to answer each question;
  • Actual responses to the questions;
  • How to answer tough questions;
  • Final ‘essential’ hints and tips on how to pass the interview process!


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